Remember Dead Island 2? Announced with a CGI trailer at E3 2014, gameplay shown at the same year's Gamescom, and then... a whole lot of not very much. In 2015 we found out that Yager, who had been developing the game, now weren't; and then, in 2016, that British studio Sumo Digital had picked it up.
Now, THQ Nordic - who became publishers of Dead Island 2 when the company acquired Koch Media, and therefore Deep Silver, in 2018 - has revealed that despite a near-total silence these past few years on the project, the game is very much in development.
VG247 reports that THQ Nordic's CEO Lars Wingefors gave a financial presentation yesterday (22 May) to investors, during which he assured them that Dead Island 2 remained an active concern at Sumo Digital.
"Dead Island 2, still being worked on... stay tuned," said Wingefors in his Q5 2019 report. And that... Well, that's it. Nothing more, nothing less. But with its recent projects Team Sonic Racing and Crackdown 3 now released, Sumo Digital should have more resources free to commit to getting Dead Island 2 over the line.
Wingefors did also briefly talk about other THQ Nordic titles in development, like Wreckfest - "coming... and a fantastic product," is all we have on that one - and Shenmue III, on which he offered: "We are working hard on [it]." On the fairly hyped Biomutant, he said: "I'm quite excited for this product, but I will also make sure the game will be released when it's ready." Reasonable, Lars. Reasonable.
In total, there are some 80 games in development right now, under the THQ Nordic umbrella. If you want to dig into a few more of them, you can watch Lars' whole presentation here, which includes a Q&A on Monster Jam: Steel Titans, an optionally open-world monster truck game that comes out on 25 June. Never heard of it. But cool.
Dead Island 2 was meant to come out in 2015. It didn't.
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